New Quitter

Hi. I've just joined the forum.

I smoked for nearly 50 years. I've given up from time to time but never lasted very long. I got along fine, in fact I enjoyed smoking.

Well, for the past 12 months I've not felt all that well. I was always tired and couldn't walk the distances I used to. Even digging the garden was more of an effort. It all culminated at Christmas when I went down with flu-like symptoms but was terribly short of breath and with legs and feet horribly swollen. In the end, on my GP's 2nd visit, I was sent into hospital where they found I had pneumonia with some long-term lung damage, though much less than I deserve. Anyway I'm being treated with oxygen therapy etc. and I'm well on the way to recovery.

It's 3 weeks since I had my last cigarette. The odd thing is that I haven't missed the nicotine at all but I do miss the action of smoking. I'm determined not to take it up again so when I feel the urge to smoke I either have a long, soft drink or a large handful of fruit - 5 a day has become more like 25.

I still have 10 cigarettes and a lighter tucked away in a drawer and I daren't get rid of them. While they are there, they are my "insurance" and the day I can put them in the bin I will know I really and truly am an ex-smoker. Until then, wish me luck. :)

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  • Good luck honey!!!!!!! Welcome to the forum! Stick with us and you will be fine! everybody is so supportive on here - i couldn't have done it without them!

    I have quit for 17 days and am using the patches.

    What method are you using hun?

    give yourself a big pat on the back!!!!! :D

  • New Quitter

    I am a new quitter too, although I am only on my 5th day. Some days good:)some days bad:(. I am on 24 hr patches and inhalator but do not use the inhalator so much now.:D. Getting very funny dreams on a night though if I keep a patch on.

    Anyway, very well done Cath. Keep it up and let us know how you are doing.:cool:

  • I have quit for 17 days and am using the patches.

    What method are you using hun?

    :D

    Nothing but Willpower. I really haven't missed the nicotine and, no, I don't understand why either as I was a 40 a day smoker. I do keep adding up how much money I haven't spent on cigarettes. That helps. ;)

  • Nothing but Willpower. I really haven't missed the nicotine and, no, I don't understand why either as I was a 40 a day smoker. I do keep adding up how much money I haven't spent on cigarettes. That helps. ;)

    Yeah that really helps me too thiniking about the money. I actually have money rolling over each week!!! lol

    fair play to you for going cold turkey i couldn't. As much as my family keep telling me, it is better to go cold turkey if you can so well done babe!!!!

    glad you're not getting cravings. i haven't really just once last weekend. i actually went and bought cigs but didn't smoke them luckily! they are still in a drawer in my house. i really should throw them out!!! x x x:)

  • Hi Cath, mine is a similar story to yours. I smoked between 40 & 50 a day for 47 years, and like you, ended up in hospital, unable to breathe, just before Christmas. At the moment l am waiting for an appointment with a Chest Spe******t. I think that you are doing absolutely great. 3 weeks going Cold Turkey is fantastic. I have been quit since 01/01/08, but i'm taking Champix, l know l would not be strong enough to do it your way.:( I sometimes forget that l no longer smoke, and it comes as a bit of a surprise, it takes me unawares.:) Keep coming back on here, it's great. We all support one another.:):)

    Love Josie

  • Welcome aboard Cath and Jan. congratulations on your quits. stay with us and we will look out for you. drop in anytime theres a great bunch here. i wouldnt have coped without them i can promise you that. Good luck and stay strong xxx ;)

  • Welcome Cath

    Hi cath welcome you have come to great site here , im on day 7 and the encouragement and praise that you get from everyone will help .

    Its like one big family and theres allways somebody to chat with even if its about the weather . I wish you all the best ;)

    Lorraine

  • Hi Cath and Jan and a huge welcome to the best place to be for quitters! You'll find loads of good support on here provided by folk who really know what they're talking about cos they're there too!;) Best of luck and keep talking!:D

  • Thanks everyone for your advice and support. It's good to be in touch with others who know what it's all about. I have 3 children, aged 44, 42 and 32, none of whom have ever smoked so, though they sympathise, they can't really empathise.

    Oops, time for another satsuma and a few grapes, kiwi fruit. Kit-Kat?, oh all right then and, ermmmmm, is that a piece of chocolate cake? :rolleyes:

  • ha ha !!!! you realy have joined the club Cath... enjoy xxx ;)

  • Hi Cath and Jan and a huge welcome to the best place to be for quitters! You'll find loads of good support on here provided by folk who really know what they're talking about cos they're there too!;) Best of luck and keep talking!:D

    Just read your thread and thanx for the welcome. Hope you all have a good weekend. Speak to you on Monday.

  • .... It's 3 weeks since I had my last cigarette. The odd thing is that I haven't missed the nicotine at all but I do miss the action of smoking. I'm determined not to take it up again so when I feel the urge to smoke I either have a long, soft drink or a large handful of fruit ....

    Greetings Cath, should be all down hill for you now ....

    The action your missing are your smoking triggers. With me it used to be when driving pull up at a red light = light up a cigarette. I was still reaching for an imaginary tobacco pouch at red lights into my Week Five :)

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